BOOK REVIEW: Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

Anyonebut_1 I first discovered Jennifer Crusie with her book "Crazy For You" and since then not only has she written a number of great books (including the recent collaboration with Bob Mayer), but her old Harlequin romances have gradually been reissued. "Anyone But You" is one of of these and was originally issued in 1996. So does it stand up to her recent stand-alone titles?

Nina has recently turned 40 and divorced a doctor. Finding herself living alone for the first time in years she decides to get a puppy. But when she goes to the pound she falls for Fred, an aged, depressed half-beagle, half-basset hound. ER doctor Alex is about to turn 30 and has no interest in growing up or settling down. But when Fred climbs through his window and leads him to Nina ... well, you can imagine. And that's pretty much it.

The amazing thing about this book is it's completely predictable - you know from the back cover blurb just what's going to happen, or rather, how it's going to turn out, because barely anything happens at all. There's very little conflict or excitement or anything (though, as with all Crusies, there is some good sex), but despite that it's a lovely, charming, sweet and romantic book. I loved it. And I really loved Alex, daffy duck shorts and all. Sigh.

Rating : 5 out of 5

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